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Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 73% Black Mass (2015) I believe Scott Cooper's Black Mass can run with Scorsese's mob trilogy of Goodfellas, Casino and The Departed.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 93% Sicario (2015) Sicario's protagonist problems wind up being significant, retroactively casting a negative shade on the movie -- which is a shame, because it takes what could be great and instead makes it good.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
68% The Danish Girl (2015) Whenever Danish Girl punctures through, it's because of the first-rate performances by Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
97% Spotlight (2015) Virtually everything that needs to click into place does so with refined precision.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
2/5 43% American Ultra (2015) A movie that could have gleefully gone over the edge, but lacks the confidence in its own premise to truly get as weird or as funky as the concept demands that it goes.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2015
2.5/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) Fantastic Four is an appetizer, teasing a meal that doesn't actually come. But it's also a palate cleanser, and one that establishes a darker F.F. universe I'm hopeful we can continue to explore. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2015
4.5/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) Rogue Nation solidifies the fact that Tom Cruise is the quintessential action star, carrying the quintessential action franchise. With all due respect to 007, at the moment, nobody does it better.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/5 86% Trainwreck (2015) Succeeds for large chunks of time (mostly during its first hour), until it succumbs to the weaknesses of director Judd Apatow. ‐
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
4/5 64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) If you only see one movie this summer about male strippers bonding over unfulfilled dreams while they titillate female clientele, make sure it's this one. Because it's great. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
3.5/5 78% Big Game (2015) Slick action-pop that's ludicrous, but never dumb. The screenplay has a dark, wicked sense of humor that compliments the impressive action sequences. Big fun.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2015
2/5 35% Max (2015) The mildly entertaining dog story, with its handful of heroic scenes, may work better on a particular (read: younger) audience than it did on me. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 82% The Overnight (2015) A shocking, provocative and memorable trip. I wish the movie was about something deeper than physical attraction, and our general insecurities. It's not, so the stakes stay low. But it's intriguing.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2015
4/5 91% Love & Mercy (2015) An audio trip, and the way that you listen to this movie needs to be part of the overall experience.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2015
3.5/5 94% Spy (2015) Paul Feig never pretends he isn't making a straight-up comedy, and laughs intentionally trump thrills in every single scene. As they should.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
1.5/5 19% Aloha (2015) Aloha is the film that finally convinced me that Cameron Crowe has nothing interesting left to say. And that hurts.‐
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015
3.5/5 50% The D Train (2015) Funny and sad, in equal measure, The D Train marks Jack Black's triumphant return to subtle comedy.‐
Read More | Posted May 8, 2015
4/5 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Massive, immersive and wildly entertaining, Age of Ultron gets the gang back together for a globe-trotting battle against a meager villain. Fun will be had by all. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2015
2/5 48% Home (2015) Kids will be entertained by the perpetual motion of Home, while most adults in the theater will tune out or glance at the watch every few minutes.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2015
3/5 29% Get Hard (2015) Racist, and more than a little homophobic. But also frequently funny, until it gets really silly trying to follow a plot. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2015
3/5 88% Spring (2015) Hides a few small joys for monster-movie fanatics looking for a throwback thrill.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2015
3/5 29% Insurgent (2015) The second chapter of the Divergent series is moderately engaging, but it's clear the impact of the franchise is inevitably deteriorating.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2015
4.5/5 97% It Follows (2015) Not since Freddy Krueger stalked teenagers in their sleep have I felt so completely like the poor kids on screen had nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide. ‐
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2015
1.5/5 28% Everly (2015) Everly isn't innovative, smart or interesting enough to compete with the John Wicks and Kingsmans of the world.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/5 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) The funniest movie we currently have that involves a hot tub capable of time travel. ‐
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/5 80% McFarland USA (2015) The fact that it's based on a true story makes the formula easy to swallow - and a mid-credits coda featuring the actual men at the heart of the story was one of many nice touches.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2015
4.5/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) Prepare for one of the most fun nights you're destined to have at the movies this year.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2015
2/5 36% Project Almanac (2015) Pretends to be intelligent long enough to get our hopes up, then reveals its true colors as a superficial, silly genre rip-off aimed at teens. ‐
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2015
3/5 28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) This material could have been fashioned around anyone, kind of like a tuxedo that you would rent to wear to a friend's wedding. It just happens to fit around Hart and Gad better than you might have expected.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2015
3.5/5 51% Unbroken (2014) A difficult drama to endure. ... But those who choose to take this trip with Jolie will be rewarded by a handsome, harrowing Hollywood tribute.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2014
3/5 72% American Sniper (2015) Clint Eastwood's best film in years - though it should be noted that we can claim this because recent films like Jersey Boys, J. Edgar, Hereafter, Invictus and Gran Torino have been mediocre disappointments. ‐
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2014
3/5 29% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) There's nothing small about Scott's effort (including its mistakes), but if you bought a ticket searching for eye-popping Old Testament spectacle written on the largest piece of digital parchment, then Scott delivers you to your Promised Land.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2014
3.5/5 86% Top Five (2014) A relentlessly filthy and unbearably entertaining crowd-pleaser that actually needs to be seen in a theater with a lathered-up group. ‐
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2014
4/5 90% Wild (2014) An emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual tour de force for leading actress Reese Witherspoon.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2014
3/5 34% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) Belongs to that rare collection of comedy sequels that are as good, if not slightly better, than their successful predecessors. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2014
3/5 81% Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014) What Hell has in spades, though, is a manic energy that's becoming the calling card of Sono's filmography.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2014
3.5/5 78% The Theory of Everything (2014) An intelligent love story that touches the heart by exploring the sacrifices both parties made to cope with Stephen Hawking's debilitating disease. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2014
3/5 66% Laggies (2014) The latest contemporary comedy to tap into the lighter side of Keira Knightley. For that reason alone, it's worth seeing. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2014
3.5/5 86% John Wick (2014) A badass, stylish piece of genre filmmaking. But it's also a kick-ass 65-minute story banging around in a 96-minute package.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2014
1/5 8% The Best Of Me (2014) Predictability is The Best of Me's greatest sin. The screenplay might has well have been a game of Mad Libs, where plot devices are lifted straight out of previous Sparks books and shoehorned into this bland narrative.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
2.5/5 76% Fury (2014) I can't say that I like Fury. But I begrudgingly admire the director's intense commitment to the misery of combat, and the atrocities of war.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/5 23% Dracula Untold (2014) I don't want what Dracula Untold is selling. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2014
5/5 94% Whiplash (2014) A spellbinding make-or-break movie aimed at those who have ever wanted to be good at something. At anything. It's one of the year's best films.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2014
3.5/5 88% The Good Lie (2014) A heartwarming, culturally significant, though possibly ill-timed drama about survival, community and the strong bonds of family. ‐
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2014
4.5/5 87% Gone Girl (2014) Gone Girl features Fincher working near the top of his game, crafting exquisite, chilly, below-the-line production work as he solicits career-best performances from his handsomely put-upon leads. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2014
3.5/5 65% The Maze Runner (2014) I'm on board with finding out what happens next. Can there be a bigger compliment?‐
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/5 41% Tusk (2014) The problem with Tusk, ultimately, is that it doesn't hold up to scrutiny as a movie, despite its assemblage of commendably unusual scenes. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2014
87% Foxcatcher (2014) I could dig, analyze and appreciate Foxcatcher for years. All of that being said, Foxcatcher is remarkable.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2014
91% The Imitation Game (2014) Morten Tydlum's The Imitation Game is a first-rate biopic, a thrilling espionage game that's beautifully crafted and acted.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2014
95% Nightcrawler (2014) It holds a mirror up to a major city in a modern time, but introduces a psychotic, sociopathic tour guide who instantly becomes one for the ages. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2014
60% The Equalizer (2014) The Equalizer remakes a 1980s TV drama. But it reclaims some of Hollywood's '80s attitude, in the process.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2014